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COVID-19 Brunei: Brunei in first phase of restrictions de-escalation plan (2020)

BY Rokiah Mahmud

Despite no new cases of COVID-19 and no infections for about three weeks, Brunei Darussalam is observing precautionary measures as the virus is still considered a threat.

The government is currently in the first phase of the de-escalation plan to lift restrictions by a gradual reduction of social distancing measures.

As such, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar has continuously encouraged members of the public and businesses to use the BruHealth app to scan QR codes when entering and exiting commercial premises. This measure is intended to ensure the safety of those serving at the main counters, sales personnel and customers, while at the same time helping the Ministry of Health (MoH) to conduct contact tracing, in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak among the local community.

To date, 264,258 users and 4,876 companies and businesses have registered for the BruHealth application.

Meanwhile, safety measures and guidelines, which are now regarded as the “new norm”, are being adapted and practised by the local community to combat the transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing, using hand sanitisers, wearing face masks and gloves, temperature checks and the scanning of a QR code with the BruHealth application.

ABOVE & BELOW: A customer scans the QR code before entering a shop; and members of the public dine in a restaurants after several weeks of restrictions. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Senior citizens are also trying to adapt to the use of the latest technology, to cope with the new norms.

When it was announced that mosques, suraus and religious halls would be re-opened on May 29, a majority of the elderly began exhibiting an awareness of their health conditions and asking their younger counterparts to help them register for the BruHealth app.

With these new norms in place, the local community is developing an awareness of their surroundings, along with responsible behaviours in helping the government and the MoH to curb the transmission of COVID-19 in the country.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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